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Program Note

Lawn (from I Wonder), commissioned for the Central Bucks High School-West Choir of Doylestown, Pennsylvania by Dr. Joseph Ohrt, is the sixth of thirteen short poems written by Charles Anthony Silvestri. Each of the thirteen poems explores a different perplexing thought, ranging from humorous to serious. Lawn is a semi-serious poem that asks why we spend so much time trying to control our lawns (and possibly lives), only to have to repeat the cycle every season. The musical setting features playful interactions between the voice parts and percussive, syncopated rhythms.


Sometimes in autumn
I wonder why I rake up leaves
And throw them all away,
Only to buy new mulch
To replace them…


And then, in summer, I wonder why
I water and feed my lawn,
Encouraging it to grow,
Only to complain
When I have to mow it down…


I wonder.

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